Take out your Character Free Write. Read over it. Does it sound like a tape recorder was in your character’s head? Add anything you think needs to be added. BECOMING YOUR CHARACTER
Which sentences say something worth saying? Which could say something cool? Which do you just like for some reason? HIGHLIGHT THOSE! NUGGETS OF POTENTIAL
Fold binder paper Cornell Note style Write highlighted Nuggets of Potential on the LEFT side Create 15-20 lines that say something worth saying! Write those on the RIGHT side CHARACTER MONOLOGUE
Word Choice Accent Humor Figurative Language (simile, metaphor, imagery) Sound Devices Idioms Rhythm & Sentence Length CREATING YOUR CHARACTER’s VOICE
Check it out! A. Hi! How are you? I am great, thanks. I just got back from a day at the beach. The weather was pleasant.
A. Hi! How are you? I am great, thanks. I just got back from a day at the beach. The weather was pleasant. B. Hey, ya’ll. How ya doin’? I’m just fine, thanks. Just gettin’ back from a day at the beach. Mighty fine day it was there... I was happier than a june bug on a tomato plant, just sittin’ in the sun, admirin’ the blue sky.
A. Hi! How are you? I am great, thanks. I just got back from a day at the beach. The weather was pleasant. B. Good day, my dear friend. I hope I have found you in good health. I am in fine form, as I have just returned from the sea. The day there was quite exquisite.
How would you change the words to say it differently if you felt: Angry? Whiny? Playful? Intrigued? PRACTICE WITH “STOP IT!”
Choose your best 15-20 lines Edit to reflect appropriate VOICE, DIALECT, WORD CHOICE Reorder your lines for the most IMPACT Write your 1st Draft on a NEW sheet of binder paper 1st DRAFT – CHARACTER MONOLOGUE
Fold a piece of binder paper into thirds Make the following chart to evaluate some monologues Number 1-4 down the LEFT side SAMPLE MONOLOGUES
#1 – RSVP #2 – You could do anything #3 – Little Sister #4 – Waiting Room SAMPLE MONOLOGUES
Look at your 1st draft (15-20 lines) Consider the sample monologues we watched today. Which ones left the most impact for you? Why? Improve your monologue! Impactful? Meaningful? Emotional? Memorable? Write your revised 2nd Draft (10-12 lines) Add notes about gestures/tone/props where necessary 2nd DRAFT – CHARACTER MONOLOGUE
Use the exact words that convey the meaning, feeling, and voice that your character would have. Choose words PURPOSEFULLY! Pay attention to: Repetition Transitions Level of formality Slang Connotations (the feeling associated with a word) Emotion WORD CHOICE
Read over the first and last lines of your 2nd Draft - Does one or both pack a punch? Fix it! Improve your Word Choice in at least ONE line Choose your best 8-10 lines Write your FINAL DRAFT on a clean sheet of paper – THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL BE PRESENTING! Add specific notes about gestures/tone/props - add for impact, emotion, and visualization FINAL DRAFT – CHARACTER MONOLOGUE
Your whole purpose is to memorize your 8-10 lines. Get Line 1 Perfectly. Add 2. Get both perfectly. Add 3. If you miss, go back. Keep adding until you have them all memorized together! Be EXACT! Add in GESTURES or PACING to help you! MEMORIZE!
When it’s your turn: Stand up& walk to the front. Plant your feet & rest your hands. Take a breath & look around. 3 – 2 - 1 BE YOUR CHARACTER! End with “Scene” so we know you’re finished SPEAKER PROCESS
Silent mouths Silent hands If it’s funny on purpose, laugh. If it’s not, don’t. Take care of each other. Quick applause for acknowledgement AUDIENCE EXPECTATIONS